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Magnesium and the Cardiovascular System

The role of the Omega fatty acids and B-complex vitamins (especially vitamin B3) has long been known in the maintenance of a healthy cardiovascular system, but magnesium is not well recognized in this department. Yet, many researches have correlated the deficiency of magnesium to heart related ailments. Furthermore, those people who eat foods rich in this constituent show reduced frequencies of heart disease.

This much information is quite enough to not neglect the element from your diet.

What is magnesium?

Magnesium is a metallic element of the periodic table. It is found abundantly on the earth and has a greyish color. It forms a part of the micro-nutrients group that is essential for the smooth functioning of many organ systems of the human body. Multiple in vivo enzymes require this element as a catalyst for the chemical reactions they bring about.

What role does magnesium play in the cardiovascular system?

Magnesium is known to be essential for the contractility, i.e. the pumping action of the heart muscles. It prevents fatigue of myocytes (individual cells of the heart muscles) and thus keeps them revitalized and active to continue performing their duties. Magnesium is also known to have a relaxing effect on the walls of endothelial layer of blood vessels, keeping them protected against free radical damage.

What can magnesium deficiency lead to?

Inadequate magnesium levels in the body are linked to hypertension and atherosclerosis. It is also correlated with myocardial infarction; in fact magnesium is used in the treatment of ventricular arrhythmias. All the above mentioned conditions can be life threatening.

The natural sources of magnesium

Magnesium like other vitamins is found abundantly in green leafy vegetables, nuts, avocados, fish and (drumroll please) dark chocolate!

While magnesium is good for the heart, there is something as too much of it. The quantity from your diet of 50mg is  the ideal amount which is contain 2 of the Spartagen XT capsules.   It is not like the water soluble vitamins which get excreted naturally; it can lead to toxicity in large amounts. Always remember, magnesium is a micronutrient, by definition it is needed in very small quantities.